The mysterious power of Nashville

When it comes to outward intimidation factors or crowd intensity, let’s be frank. Vanderbilt’s home stadium isn’t ranked high among SEC, or FBS schools. Despite that, it may as well be Jacksonville for the Bulldogs.

Sure, Georgia has won plenty here, the last loss coming in 1991. But as far as wins go, they haven’t exactly been walk-overs, especially with Mark Richt in charge. Georgia has gotten the win, but has earned few style points in doing so

In 2001, the Dawgs took a 30-14 win, although that was in a way understandable given the emotion of stepping on Tennessee’s face with a hobnailed boot the week before.

And then there was 2003. Halftime there was one of the oddest feelings I have ever felt. In front of a generous crowd estimate of maybe 30,000, Georgia trailed 2-0. The joke cracked was that if the lead stood, Vandy would get panhandlers to tear down the goalposts. That didn’t happen with Georgia winning 27-8.

It wasn’t easy in 2005, either, with some good defensive plays paving the way to a 34-17 win.

And who can forget 2007, where after a game in which many within the Bulldog Nation were not pleased with the effort in a 20-17 win, Mark Richt, rightfully took issue with the team celebrating at midfield.

As for the last trip in 2009, it may as well have been the A.J. Green show as the offense did little else for the most part until the second half in a 34-10 victory.

For whatever reason, it’s place to play.

The only guess I have ever come up with is that players are used to being on the road against thousands of hostile fans. But when you are at Vandy, you’re own fans outnumber the home fans, and mentally it can be a tough adjustment to make.

Personally, I’m expecting a win and much grinding of teeth about it being unimpressive enough by a segment of the Georgia fan base.

Lugnut Dawg


2 Responses to “The mysterious power of Nashville”

  1. 1 Russ for UGA VIII in '11 October 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

    It’s always Sonny on West End!

  1. 1 Vanderbilt Information Overload | Football Problem Trackback on October 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

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